Small Business Workshop: Becoming a Culinary Destination

Small Business Workshop: Becoming a Culinary Destination

This small business workshop is for Mount Vernon and Lisbon small businesses. The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) to partner with Iowa Restaurant Association to offer workshop on becoming a culinary destination.

The event, led by Jessica Dunker, President/CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, has been made possible with the help of a technical assistance grant through Main Street Iowa, a division of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The CDG, the organization that manages Mount Vernon’s Main Street program, worked with the Iowa Restaurant Association (IRA) on a technical grant to seek ways to create a culinary draw in Mount Vernon. Representatives from the IRA worked directly with several Mount Vernon restaurants, and have agreed to hold a public meeting to share how communities have found success creating a collaborative culinary identity.

“Mount Vernon is a charming small town with some really great restaurants,” said Dunker. “I offer this workshop and program all over the state and am excited to come to Mount Vernon to share what I have learned about creating culinary destinations. This is something that I know will benefit this entire community.”

Because the workshop will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., CDG is planning to offer pulled pork sandwiches and cole slaw provided by Big’s Barbecue. There will also be beer, wine, soda and water. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP (for food and beverage planning) to Joe Jennison.

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.

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Jun 26 2017


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


First Street Community Center Library – Mount Vernon, Iowa
221 First Street NE


Joe Jennison
(319) 210-9935
[email protected]